Cars vandalized in West Bank village in apparent hate crime
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Cars vandalized in West Bank village in apparent hate crime

In latest suspected ‘price tag’ attack, several vehicles are damaged and spray-painted near Nablus — in apparent reaction to a Palestinian attack Sunday

A car vandalized in a suspected 'price tag' attack in the West Bank village of Bayta a-Tahta, September 3, 2018 (Courtesy)
A car vandalized in a suspected 'price tag' attack in the West Bank village of Bayta a-Tahta, September 3, 2018 (Courtesy)

Israeli police were investigating an apparent hate crime in a West Bank village south of Nablus Monday, after several cars were vandalized and spray-painted with Hebrew graffiti.

Police said they had received reports that a number of cars in Beita had been found with their tires slashed.

Hebrew messages were found on some of the vehicles, including “Greetings from Tekoa.”

The reference to Tekoa appeared to indicate that the vandalism was in response to an attempted attack at the Israeli settlement on Sunday — though Beita is located far to the north of Tekoa, and there was no clear reason for it to be targeted.

In that incident, an unarmed Palestinian man from nearby Bethelehem entered the settlement and tried to attack a resident with a small garden ornament shaped like a bicycle.

He was quickly apprehended and wrestled to the ground by locals before being arrested by responding security forces. There were no injuries.

The area around Nablus is known for being a hotbed of Jewish extremism and Palestinian residents there regularly report attacks by settlers.

On Saturday residents of Burin, near Beita, reported two attacks on their community by extremist settlers.

Palestinians from the village, located southwest of Nablus, told the Yesh Din rights group that in the morning they discovered that 18 olive trees had been vandalized on their lands. Photos showed damage to several trees.

In the afternoon, video released by Yesh Din showed a group of around 30 settlers approach the village from the direction of the Givat Ronen outpost and hurl rocks at homes.

The area saw several similar alleged hate crimes against Palestinians last month.

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